Audiologists treat ear disorders.
An audiologist is a licensed medical professional trained in preventing, diagnosing, and treating hearing and balance disorders. They perform hearing screenings, diagnose hearing loss, and fit and calibrate hearing aids.
Audiologists may work with children or adults in schools, hospitals, or private clinics.
To become an audiologist in the United States, you must receive a bachelor’s degree (typically in speech language pathology, audiology, or communication sciences and disorders) then complete a doctorate of audiology (Au.D. –typically a 3 year degree). Audiologists receive licenses to practice in their state.
Erin is a Ph.D. student in the Bergelson lab at Duke University, where she studies how young children who are Deaf or blind learn language.